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  June 27, 2005

Hemispheric initiatives against terrorism, along with Américas magazine and the Organization of American States’ (OAS) art museum today obtained a financial boost, thanks to the government of Turkey.

The Permanent Observer of Turkey to the OAS, Ambassador Farouk Logoglu, delivered a check for US$12,200 to Secretary General José Miguel Insulza, making good on pledges announced at the OAS General Assembly in Fort Lauderdale earlier this month. The money is divided among the Art Museum of the Americas, Américas magazine and the Inter-American Committee Against Terrorism (CICTE).

Though “a modest sum, the donation reflects Turkey’s commitment to the OAS” and underscores the friendship between the Turkish people and the citizens of the Americas, Ambassador Logoglu explained during the brief presentation ceremony. He said Turkey shares the core OAS objectives, such as the promotion of democracy and the rule of law, and cited sustainable development and environment as well as training for young entrepreneurs among other OAS programs his government has supported since gaining permanent observer status in 1998.

Secretary General Insulza praised Turkey’s commitment and support over the years, noting how this latest financial gift would be well used by the OAS’ beneficiary areas. He said he hopes to see even stronger ties and cooperation develop between the OAS and Turkey, and expressed an interest in expanding the collaboration with permanent observers at large.

Besides the Turkish diplomats who accompanied Ambassador Logoglu, others on hand for the ceremony included representatives of the OAS program areas that benefited from today’s Turkish government donation.

Reference: E-127/05